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Red Bull BC One Nagoya Camp Best Moments

Posted by on Dec. 03, 2016

Check out the best moments of the Red Bull BC One Japan Camp and get ready for the World Final today! Watch it live at Red Bull TV at 11:30am (CET) || 19:30 (JST)

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Neguin, who won Red Bull BC One World Final 2010 in Tokyo is back in Japan

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The world famous Japanese Katsu1’s workshop was very popular, with participants from all around the world.

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Lil G from Red Bull BC One All Stars doesn’t lose his balance at all, even with a push of a hand.

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The Last Chance Cypher on Day 2 was packed!

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Poppin’ belongs to the same culture. Excitement filled the air with Samurai

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Yosh is stoic. takes second place at Last Chance Cypher

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Win or lose, we are all B-BOY. We are family.

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It was Leony from Brazil who won the Last Chance Cypher.

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16 World Final contenders gather around the Nagoya Castle

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Menno's workshop was a big success

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Hip-Hop legends have a lot to say about the culture during the talk session

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Team Japan at the Continent Battle moves on to the championship

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Old school meets new school:  well-known Kaku and new generation Tsuki presents a routine

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Taisuke, who has the World Final the next day comes on to the Continent Battle. He is a true B-Boy

Watch it live
The Red Bull BC One World Final 2016 Nagoya will broadcast LIVE on Red Bull TV on December 3. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices, visit redbull.tv/apps. 

Taisuke's Last World Final Chance

Posted by on Dec. 03, 2016

He was 17 when he first competed in the Red Bull BC One World Final 2007 in South Africa. Nine years later, Taisuke is one of the Red Bull BC One All Stars and has competed in 6 world finals.

Currently in his home country for the 2016 edition, we sat down to chat about what has changed at Red Bull BC One over the last decade, and why he’s decided to retire after Saturday’s show. 

Hey Taisuke. You’re now 26 – how long have you been dancing for exactly?
My sister started dancing first and I joined her when I was six years old. After a year, we got a new teacher. His name was B-Boy Mar and when he showed me some B-Boy moves like swipes and windmills and stuff, I was just blown away. It looked so cool and I was just, “Wow! I need to learn that!”

How has Red Bull BC One changed over the last decade?
The line-up is really young now. Also, the system changed several times in the past. I think we kind of lost the special performers over the years. Like Cico, he’s really specialized in power moves, or Junior who’s a very special style. When they are part of the line-up, you get to see some really special battles, but when it’s all about winning, those B-Boys will not be part of it anymore and I feel we are losing out. There is nothing surprising anymore about the battles. It’s too much about winning today, too much of a tournament. We need to go back to be able to show the variety of this dance!

How about you – how have you changed over the past 10 years?
Many things have changed! I speak English now, I have sponsors and a business, but my mind and my focus have changed, too. My mind really opened up and I have a lot of respect for other dancers and other cultures, especially for young talents.

In one of your latest interviews you mentioned that you were retiring. Can you tell us a bit more on this? 
Well, I will still enter crew battles. But yes, I want to retire from the Red Bull BC One now. Tomorrow will be my last Red Bull BC One battle. I want other people to get a chance at this. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to represent the Japanese B-Boy scene for so many years.

Being part of the Red Bull BC One opened so many doors for me and gave me the chance to travel all over the world and experience lots and I would love for some young kids to get that same chance now. I don’t want to take that spot away from them.

Japan is an island. To make new experiences, to evolve, in life and in dance, we need to travel. Katsu was the first one to tell me about his trips abroad and he shared his knowledge with me. He also helped me to get out of the country myself. Now it’s my time, I would love to see some younger kids get the opportunities that I had. Katsu brought his experiences back to Japan and so did I, but we need to spread the knowledge and many more kids need to get the chance to learn and travel, so they can bring it back to Japan.

What’s next for you then?
This year, I founded a company. It’s kind of a marketing company, except we are not working with businesses but we are helping cities or rural areas in their development, partly through Hip Hop and dance, but also in other areas.

I stopped teaching this year. There are so many dance studios and dance classes now, so I don’t teach regular classes anymore, just workshops from time to time. I’d rather try to find sponsorship and business opportunities for young talents. I have a good standing right now and sponsors approach me. I try to make the sponsors understand that there are many young talents needing their support.

After being in so many world finals, do you still need to train for the world final? Anything special?
This year, I started going to the gym. Working out and building up muscles. That’s basically it.

How are you approaching your last Red Bull BC One battle?
I just want to enjoy the event! I don’t need to win. My life is good and I am really happy. I’m going to be in the Red Bull BC One World Final. I achieved so much. So on Saturday, I’m just gonna freestyle, have fun and enjoy the moment. And say ‘thank you,’ to the scene, to my fans, to Red Bull BC One and to everybody who supported me. 

Photo by Jason Halayko

Bracket for Red Bull BC One World Final 2016 Revealed

Posted by on Dec. 02, 2016

The moment we were all waiting for has arrived. The brackets for the Red Bull BC One World Final Japan 2016 are finally here:

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Red Bull BC One World Final B-Boys in Nagoya

Posted by on Dec. 02, 2016

All the Red Bull BC One World Finalists are already in Nagoya and they didn’t want to miss the chance of visiting the beautiful surroundings of the Nagoya Castle, just besides the venue of the World Final.

Our photographers Romina Amato and Dean Treml have followed our B-Boys on their tour. Check out these great pictures and don't forget to tune-in to watch the World Final live tomorrow at 11:30am CET.

Red Bull BC One World Finalists in Nagoya

Red Bull BC One World Finalists in Nagoya

Red Bull BC One World Finalists in Nagoya

Red Bull BC One World Finalists in Nagoya

Red Bull BC One World Finalists in Nagoya

Red Bull BC One World Finalists in Nagoya

Red Bull BC One World Finalists in Nagoya

Red Bull BC One World Finalists in Nagoya

Red Bull BC One World Finalists in Nagoya

Red Bull BC One World Finalists in Nagoya

Red Bull BC One World Finalists in Nagoya

Red Bull BC One World Finalists in Nagoya

Red Bull BC One World Finalists in Nagoya

Red Bull BC One World Finalists in Nagoya

Watch it live
The Red Bull BC One World Final 2016 Nagoya will broadcast LIVE on Red Bull TV on December 3. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices, visit redbull.tv/apps. 

Photos by Romina Amato and Dean Treml / Red Bull Content Pool

Changes on the World Final Lineup

Posted by on Dec. 01, 2016

Unfortunately Lil Zoo will not be able to make it to the World Final due to his medical condition. We hope he get well soon! B-Boy Nori from Japan will replace him in Nagoya next Saturday.